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Assocociate Professor Ted Wilkes

Associate Professor Ted Wilkes is a Nyungar man from Western Australia and Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. He is particularly passionate about supporting young Aboriginal people through their education and in providing effective programs for young Aboriginal offenders to divert them from the criminal justice system. He says in simple terms substantial money has been invested in the correctional system. “It has made no headway in reducing the Aboriginal over-representation in prison,” said Associate Professor Wilkes. “Aboriginal Australians are increasingly filling our prisons and juvenile detention centres at alarmingly disproportionate rates. We need treatment services and rehabilitation services. Not bloody prisons.”

Associate Professor Ted Wilkes is with National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.